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THREE STRIKES DILEMMA passed.16 Because both a legislative and an initiative version of three strikes have been passed, the comment explores which of the two presently governs California.17 After detail- ing the major provisions of three strikes,'8 the background section explores what the three strikes law leaves out, and

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Publish Year: 1995
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By James Oleson. Criminologist James Oleson looks into the controversial three strikes law in New Zealand and whether it works as a policy in keeping communities safe. After announcing in 2017 that New Zealand’s controversial three-strikes law would be repealed, [1] Justice Minister Andrew Little was forced this month to abandon his plan.

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nals who face a Three Strikes sentence may have an increased incentive to kill potential witnesses. The law's limited proven crime-reduction effects combined with high costs led some critics to call for reform of the law. In 2005, California's Three Strikes policy cost approximately $500 million per year to implement, with expenses expected to

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Created Date: 7/28/2016 7:59:57 PM
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Title: Three Strikes Legislation

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California's Three Strikes sentencing law was originally enacted in 1994. The essence of the Three Strikes law was to require a defendant convicted of any new felony, having suffered one prior conviction of a serious felony to be sentenced to state prison for twice the term otherwise provided for the crime.

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Called "one of the most punitive sentencing statutes in recent history" by the Justice Policy Institute, the three strikes law was signed by California Governor Pete Wilson on March 7, 1994 after the widely publicized and brutal murder of a young girl, Polly Klaus. Like the baseball jingo, the law was dubbed "three strikes and you're out."

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strikes' law as it has in counties that overuse the three-strikes law. Myth #3: 3 Strikes is cost-effective in this state budget crisis. Fact #3: The additional cost to the taxpayer is more than $500 million per year. • The budget of the Department of Corrections has MORE THAN DOUBLED (up 67%, 2003) since the inception of Three Strikes

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The 1990s were dominated by get-tough-on-crime measures, dramatically increasing the nation’s prison population and the length of prison sentences. Those measures culminated with the enactment of "three strikes" legislation around the nation. Beginning with Washington State in 1993, by the end of the decade, the federal government and over half of …

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Three Strikes Racial and Ethnic Analysis 2 The career criminal sentencing law known as “Three Strikes and You’re Out” was enacted in California in 1994. The law doubled the minimum sentence for serious or violent felons convicted of a second felony offense and imposed a mandatory minimum prison sentence of 25-years-to-life for

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1. "3 Strikes" Is An Old Law Dressed Up In New Clothes. Although its supporters act as if it is something new, "3 Strikes" is really just a variation on an old theme.
2. "3 Strikes" Laws Won't Deter Most Violent Crimes. Its supporters claim that "3 Strikes" laws will have a deterrent effect on violent crime. But these laws will probably not stop many criminals from committing violent acts.
3. "3 Strikes" Laws Could Lead To An Increase In Violence. Many law enforcement professionals oppose the "3 Strikes" law out of fear such laws would spur a dramatic increase in violence against police, corrections officers and the public.
4. "3 Strikes" Laws Will Clog The Courts. The criminal courts already suffer from serious backlogs. The extraordinarily high arrest rates resulting from the "war on drugs" have placed enormous burdens on prosecutors, defense lawyers and judges, whose caseloads have grown exponentially over the past decade.
5. "3 Strikes" Laws Will Take All Sentencing. Discretion Away From Judges. The "3 Strikes" proposals differ from most habitual offender laws in that they make life sentences without parole mandatory.
6. The Cost of Imprisoning 3-Time Losers For Life. Will Be Prohibitively High. The passage of "3 Strikes" laws will lead to a significant increase in the nation's already swollen prison population, at enormous cost to taxpayers.
7. "3 Strikes" Will Have a Disproportionate Impact. On Minority Offenders. Racial bias in the criminal justice system is rampant. African American men, in particular, are overrepresented in all criminal justice statistics: arrests, victimizations, incarceration and executions.
8. "3 Strikes" Laws Will Impose Life Sentences on Offenders Whose Crimes Don't Warrant Such Harsh Punishment. Although "3 Strikes" sponsors claim that their purpose is to protect society from only the most dangerous felons, many of the "3 Strikes" proposals encompass a broad range of criminal conduct, from rape to minor assaults.
9. Let the Punishment Fit the Crime -- A Constitutional Principle. Under our system of criminal justice, the punishment must fit the crime. Individuals should not be executed for burglarizing a house nor incarcerated for life for committing relatively minor offenses, even when they commit several of them.
10. "3 Strikes" Laws Are Not A Serious Response To Crime. The "3 Strikes" proposals are based on the mistaken belief that focusing on an offender after the crime has been committed, which harsh sentencing schemes do, will lead to a reduction in the crime rate.

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History of the Three Strikes Law. The practice of imposing longer prison sentences on repeat offenders versus first-time offenders, who commit the same crime is nothing new.For example, New York State has a Persistent Felony Offender law that dates back to the late 19th Century. But such sentences were not compulsory in each case, and judges

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1. An unarmed robbery offense may serve as a basis for "Three Strikes" sentencing if the offense involved the threat of use of a firearm or other dangerous weapon -or the offense resulted in death or serious bodily injury to any person.
2. An arson will not serve as the basis for "Three Strikes" sentencing if the defendant establishes by clear and convincing evidence that the offense posed no threat to human life and the defendant reasonably believed that it posed no threat to human life.
3. Section 851(a) of Title 21 requires the filing of an information with the court prior to trial or prior to the entry of a plea of guilty, stating in writing the convictions to be relied upon for sentencing.
4. The Hobbs Act also prohibits an attempt or conspiracy to commit such a robbery. To assist us in evaluating how the "Three Strikes" provision is being used, please continue to notify Tom Roberts, in the Terrorism and Violent Crime Section, at (202) 514-0849, concerning potential "Three Strikes" cases.
5. The Eastern District of Virginia has developed an outline to assist in determining when a particular case is "Three Strikes"-eligible. A copy of that outline is attached for your convenience.

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1. The Three Strikes Law was applied by The Violent Crime Control and Enforcement Act of 1994, and essentially applied a “three strikes, you’re out” practice to felons with multiple convictions. By this law, anyone previously of at least one violent crime and another serious crime or felony, (which may include a serious drug crime) will automatically apply to the Three Strikes Law, which mandates lifetime imprisonment.

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Three Strikes Law. The three-strikes law borrows from baseball, a game in which batter is permitted two strikes before striking out on the third. Three-strikes laws are enacted by state governments which mandate state courts to impose harsher sentences on habitual offenders who are convicted of three or more serious criminal offenses.

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Since California enacted its three strikes law in 1994, crime has dropped 26.9 percent, which translates to 815,000 fewer crimes.8 While the three strikes law cannot be given sole credit for the drop in crime, in many cases it proved an essential missing piece of the crime control puzzle. Furthermore, in the year prior to the

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The state of Washington passed the first three strikes law in 1993. Anyone convicted of three separate violent felonies must be sentenced to life in prison with no chance for Parole. The state of California followed, in 1994, by enacting a three strikes law that mandates a sentence of 25 years to life for a third felony conviction.

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the deterrent effect. The structure of California’s three strikes law allows for a novel and powerful test of criminal deterrence. California’s three strikes law took effect in March of 1994. Despite the name, the law actually contains significant penalty enhancements for both second and third strikes. Table 1 summarizes.

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1. In 1994, California legislators and voters approved a major change in the state’s criminal sentencing law, (commonly known as Three Strikes and You’re Out). The law was enacted as Chapter 12, Statutes of 1994 (AB 971, Jones) by the Legislature and by the electorate in Proposition 184. As its name suggests, the law requires, among other things, a minimum sentence of 25 years to life for three-time repeat offenders with multiple prior serious or violent felony convictions. The Legislature and voters passed the Three Strikes law after several high profile murders committed by ex-felons raised concern that violent offenders were being released from prison only to commit new, often serious and violent, crimes in the community. In this piece, we summarize key provisions of Three Strikes and You’re Out; discuss the evolution of the law in the courts; estimate the impact of the law on state and local criminal justice systems; and evaluate to what extent the law achieved its original goals.

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"THREE STRIKES" LAWS: FIVE YEARS LATER Executive Summary Beginning in 1993, twenty three states and the federal government adopted some form of “three strikes and you’re out” law intending to target repeat violent offenders. Washington state was the first to do so; California soon followed with a considerably broader version of the law.

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